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Royals' Ventura thinks he ready for spotlight Wednesday night Rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura, who starts Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday for the Kansas City Royals against the San Francisco Giants, did not always hit 100 mph with his fastball. "When I was signed at 17, I looked around and I weighed 120 pounds more or less," the 23-year-old Dominican Republic native said Tuesday. "I saw other kids that were bigger than me, ...

Fishing gear company plans new HQ in Springfield Lew’s Fishing Tackle says it will spend $3.5 million for a new corporate headquarters and consolidated distribution center here.  Lew’s will build the new 58,000-square-foot facility on land north of Partnership Industrial Center and plans to add five new jobs to its current workforce of 26. Lew’s management will host a groundbreaking ceremony at the new location at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at 3031 N. ...

UPDATE: Marshfield teacher accused in sex scandal is out on bond again The Webster County jail in Marshfield says Johnna Feazell turned herself in around 8 o'clock last night and posted the $50,000 bond.  The Marshfield police chief was not available for comment this morning. On Tuesday, the Webster County prosecuting attorney charged Feazell with two counts of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution and one count of tampering with a victim or witness in a ...

Joplin will get 155 new trees for tornado recovery  Inmates at a Missouri prison have been taking care of 155 new trees that will be donated to Joplin to replace trees lost in the May 2011 tornado. The Missouri Department of Corrections on Monday announced that oaks, tulip poplars and other trees will be donated to help Joplin recover from the tornado, which destroyed more than 15,000 trees. The EF-5 tornado killed 161 people and damaged ...

Ross will early vote while Hutchinson launches tour Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is casting his ballot early for the Nov. 4 election, while Republican rival Asa Hutchinson plans to launch a tour in western Arkansas. Ross was scheduled Wednesday morning to vote early at the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock. Early voting for the November election began Monday, and thousands of Arkansas voters have already cast their ballot. Hutchinson planned to ...

Joe's Tire Shop raises security after arson just beyond its property The Springfield Fire Department is investigating an arson in the backyard of a longtime business.  The storage facility that was set on fire on Sept. 25 is so close to Joe's Tire Shop that most of the responders on scene that morning thought the property belonged to Joe's, but it's a separate property that's rented out by a retired mechanic. The fire was contained quickly, so ...

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Experts: Autopsy shows close-range wound for Brown
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Brown family is Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Brown's official autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle with the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot him, two experts said in a published report Wednesday.

Canadian soldier shot at war memorial
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police and witnesses say a gunman has shot a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra leone's capital.

Hearing postponed for man suspected in 7 killings
This undated photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's office shows Darren Vann. Vann, 43, of Gary, Ind., was charged Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, whose body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in nearby Hammond, Ind. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty says Vann confessed to Hardy's slaying and directed police to six bodies in Gary. (AP Photo/Lake County Sheriff's Office)CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana refused to respond to the judge during his initial court appearance Wednesday, prompting her to postpone it and to warn him he'd spend "the rest of his life" in jail unless he cooperates.

WWI casualties reburied after DNA identification
A worker from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cleans leaves off of the caskets of World War I soldiers prior to a re-burial ceremony in Bois-Grenier, France, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Fifteen British WWI soldiers were re-buried at Y Farm Commonwealth cemetery on Wednesday, nearly a century after they died in battle. The soldiers, who served with the 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, were discovered in a field nearby in Beaucamps-Ligny in 2009 and identified through a variety of means, including DNA. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BOIS-GRENIER, France (AP) — Eleven British casualties of World War I who got a name and family history through cutting-edge DNA research have been officially reburied with some of their descendants in attendance.